Paul, Rubio hand Tea Party early victories

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Tea Party is sending two of its favorite sons to the Senate with decisive victories for Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

The victories for Paul in Kentucky and Rubio in Florida gave Tea Party activists two voices in Congress' upper chamber and two Cinderella stories for the 2010 campaign. Both were long shots when they declared their candidacies, but won over voters with anti-Washington, anti-tax campaigns.

Candidates with Tea Party support were on the ballot in more than 70 House Districts, seven races for Senate and three for Governor.

The grass-roots Tea Party movement drew a committed following without any official platform or national organization. Preliminary exit poll results found about four in 10 voters said they considered themselves Tea Party supporters.

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